From the inside, that is from the heart come all our sins. For Christ has said to the Apostles: “Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man” because it would mean to wash your hands “but that which cometh out of the mouth”. Because what comes out, comes from the heart. From the heart come adulteries, crimes, pride, insults. As in hell, they come out of our heart, and when they do, we are tempted from the inside.
„Brother, for the sake of the great gift God has given to you that through your sins so much you’ve damaged consider this: think of yourself as the most unworthy and faultiest of them all. Be grateful to those who allow you the chance to be humble, meaning those who denigrate or have denigrated you. Even if you reluctantly accept their words, make an effort and don’t show your discontent”.
The best way to gather your thoughts is having a main one that helps you to recognise the others, and to cast the evil and support the good ones. The easiest way is this prayer: ‘Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner!’ We say this in order to be able to be steadfast in good thoughts.